A mix of current All-Stars and hoops legends will saddle up as part of the eight-person field for the NBA HORSE Challenge.
We're going to get an actual National Basketball Association competition starting on Sunday, and although it's not the games we're hoping to see during this time of isolation and social distancing, it's ... something! They will be joined by Class of 2020 Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings, WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky, and former NBA champions Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce.
The NBA and ESPN are finalizing plans to televise a H-O-R-S-E shooting competition, with stars Chris Paul of Oklahoma City, Trae Young of Atlanta and Zach LaVine of Chicago among those expected to participate, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Participants will compete confined in their homes in the attempt to cover the gap left by the suspended 2019-20 National Basketball Association season. If they fail, they add a letter in "HORSE".
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But staff have already received documents to sign stating they agreed with the pay-cuts and temporary changes to their contracts. The UK government says members of the public should stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Per ESPN, dunking is prohibited, which will keep LaVine from dunking from the free-throw line five straight times to eliminate 42-year-old Pierce. ESPN NBA commentator Mark Jones will serve as the official host.
In addition to providing a much-needed escape, sports fans will be happy to know that State Farm is donating $200,000 to coronavirus relief efforts on behalf of the competition and its participants.
ESPN will present the four quarterfinal games on Sunday, April 12 at 7/6c, while the semifinals and the championship game will air on Thursday, April 16, beginning at 9 pm.